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My new cichlid tank just is't working out!
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PostPosted: 2003.08.19(Tue)21:58    Post subject: My new cichlid tank just is't working out! Reply with quote

I told my mom to get a community tank for her first big tank but she wanted cichlids. The Auratus and the 2 jewels beat the crap out of the jack dempsey, the blood parrot, the pink convict, and the only one left untouched is the red peacock. They killed a few others too. Should I just get rid of them all and start new or just get rid of the jewels an auratus? Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)8:52    Post subject: Reply with quote

Posting the size of the tank would be a big help. It sounds like you have lumped a bunch of incompatable species together in too small of a tank. I could be wrong, but based on the information you posted that's what it looks like. Are those the only fish in said tank? Without knowing a bit more info on this tank, like how long has it been set up, size temp water chemistry, we are really running blind and can't give you an informed opinion.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)9:25    Post subject: I know Reply with quote

Its obvious what went wrong. We don't even need to know the water chemistry or anything like that. African riverine cichlids, lake malawi cichlids, and central american cichlids equal one thing - Disaster. You should just choose one group of cichlids, and stick with those. Your mixing will kill any cichlid no matter how big the tank. If I were you, I would just return the jewels and the auratus and just keep central american ones.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.20(Wed)9:27    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, a 'cichlid community tank' is a hard thing and takes a lot of planning, a lot of research, and a lot of luck. Some big 'DON'Ts' are mixing african and south american cichlids...and this is one of your primary problems. Not all cichlids are created equal as far as aggression, also...and further research into the traits of the cichlids you choose will help.

So, I would recommend breaking down the tank now and go back to the planning stages. If you want to pick a single species of fish that you really like out of the current tank, you can keep them and then re-build your tank around them. If you're between some species, you might try matching up your water conditions to what the species you keep likes. The group you have in there now likes completly different water conditions.
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PostPosted: 2003.08.22(Fri)1:18    Post subject: good move Reply with quote

Good move taking the americans out. But mixing riverine cichlids with lake malawi cichlids is still a very bad idea. But I guess you lucked out and theyre OK. I read that the minimum size for a pair of jewels is 25 gallons
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